E3 takes place in the next few weeks, and the eyes of the gaming world will be focused on the event. Sony and Microsoft are both expected to lift the lid on new consoles - albeit revisions of their current systems - while Nintendo has disappointed some fans by stating that its new NX console won't be on show. In fact, the Japanese veteran is only showing off a single game - The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U (and eventually NX).
Not that you'd know this from the amount of floor space the company has booked for the event. According to the floor plan, Nintendo has booked more space than Microsoft and only has a little less space than Sony.
It's easy to allow your imagination to run riot here. Does Nintendo have some secrets up its sleeve? Perhaps, but a more likely explanation is that the company will be devoting a large part of its stand to the Treehouse stage, and will have plenty of Wii U demo pods set up so attendees don't have to wait too long to get a go on the latest Zelda adventure.
What do you think is going to happen? Share your predictions by posting a comment.
A lot of space for showing grass...
I don't expect any surprises that's for sure. Nintendo will only show more if they really feel they got enough hate from what they had previously announced they were going to show and even then they probably don't care.
@Chandlero Haha awesome!
I just want to say these console "revisions" will sink. 40 million people will not buy a new updated console they just won't. Also mother 3 nuff said
Nope, probably one is for the demo, and the other smaller one for the Treehouse.
I wish e3 was this week. I just want to know what's up already!!
Didn't Nintendo say that Zelda was the only playable game at E3 or did they say it was the only game? I thought it was the former. If it is the former, then they might have other games to at least show. (fingers crossed) though I won't be mad if all they have to offer is Zelda, as long as NX news or whatever follows soonish after E3.
I just hope this year's E3 will be better than last year. Last year it was mainly just showing off games that had been announced months prior to the event. I'm glad Zelda will be completely new, but I just hope that's enough meat for people to chew on till the NX direct later in the year.
Well.. it's the same space they had last year at E3. The central area of the vertical rectangle was used for the Treehouse Stage. The small horizontal rectangle (the one above the Oculus area) was used for private tours, interviews, etc. I think they're going to have a similar distribution this year, with the exception that they might try to stage different areas of Hyrule
So everyone else is showing consoles, but Nintendo CBA to go to the party? Honestly...
@Sir_JBizzle the wording was only playable game. I just wonder how much do they actually show of Zelda.
Great the nintendo side of E3 floor will be filled with rupees, fairies, moblins and a lot of green grass., thanks again nintendo!!
Looking good, I think we have lots of surprises to come. My Guess is new Mario (proper new Mario)
I can't wait
@DoctorOverbuild I disagree somewhat... your right, no 40 million, but I'm very interested in a new system. And from the look of it, I will have a choice of two each varients from Sony and Microsoft.
I have never owned either system. I had a dumpster dive find PS2 for a while (about 2 years ago), but otherwise no Sony or MS systems.
I feel burned by Nintendo with the Wii and the Wii U. There's a big gaming gap, and I'm going to fill it with a new machine this fall.
@Sir_JBizzle According to their E3 website, it's literally the only game they're showing at all.
They're booking space for the actual machine they've been teasing all along: a device that tears holes in the space time continuum and actually brings Link and Zelda to the stage by bridging the gap between our dimensions. That's what Nintendo means by NX being a "different way to play": you actually get to step outside of our current universe and into the ones conjured up by the mind of the grand wizard Miyamoto.
Plenty of room to swing a ball and chain without fear of hitting anything else. Anyway, we knew long ago that they were keeping the same floor space as last year. Oculus have a big presence this year and Sony are slightly smaller.
Floor plans from 2015.
Hope the big N don't disappoint
I'm not sure Sony and MS will show off their revised consoles at E3. Showing off an improved version IS going to damage sales of the current iterations, so why do that if they're not coming out for 6 to 9 months? All the reports say the Neo will be sold for the price a PS4 sells at now, so many will think why spend the money now when after Christmas I'd get an improved version.
They booked the floor space a year+ ago. Back then the NX was probably expected to be announced at this E3. They can't take back the space they booked.
maybe they will be showing some info about NX
i'm betting that some of that floor space is for machines so people can play demos of upcoming games
I just had 6 more heart attacks and another 5 seizures! There needs to be a new health warning when articles about Nintendo's E3 plans are mentioned! Aaaaahhhhhh!!!!
Someone shut up this gremlin! He keeps telling me to give Mario Is Missing another chance! No, I will not burn down the neighbor's cat! Stop suggesting it! Aaaaahhhh!!!
Wouldn't it be funny if Nintendo's E3 offering was just 'Sorry, Zelda Wii U delayed, and we're not showing any NX stuff, so... yeh.... basically.... we got nothing'.
Come on. It would be a bit funny.
How could all of that be for Zelda?
@gcunit And . . . . . . . now I've died. You've killed me. I hope you're happy. Also, have you played Mario Is Missing? This gremlin here sure thinks it's a classic! Also, why do gremlins follow you to heaven? That's weird . . . . wait a minute, a copy of Mario Is Still Missing 5? Sonic Boom 12? Zelda Wii U delayed indefinitely? This isn't heaven!!!!! Aaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!
In a new strategy to generate hype for their next console, Nintendo will have a single NX unit on display at e3, completely surrounded by guards who are authorized to taser anyone who tries to get anywhere near the thing.
Most likely just making sure for plenty of demo pods and other stuff.
But saying that, there is a small hope for either a few surprises or they've taken the internet's reactions and decided to offer a bit more variety.
I doubt the NX will be shown but hey, they surprised many and busted a fair few pairs of Nuts in 2004. Maybe they wanna try it again?
Maybe they're building a real-world Hyrule.
"You see that mountain over there? (Points to other end of Nintendo conference floor area) You can walk to it."
Don't get your hopes up. Unless Nintendo said different Zelda is all.
I don't think they ever said they're only showing one game. If I remember the quote correctly, they said Zelda will be the only playable game on the floor.
Edit: Here's the quote, from this very site:
"The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion"
They probably need to install a lot of demo stations if it's true the Zelda demo lasts around 90 minutes, so it makes sense to use a lot of space, otherwise lines will be unbearable.
I think the entire middle spot will just be a giant countdown clock to the NX reveal, whenever that will be. August? September?
What do I THINK is gonna happen? Nintendo will do EXACTLY WHAT they said they'd do and when people actually see that all they have is Zelda on display, they'll still be butt hurt and not understanding of the WHY Nintendo only showcases ONE GAME. What I would like to see is the NX AND a COUPLE games. A new Mario and Metroid game. I guess the NX's same version of Zelda as well.
I don't think they should have spent money booking so much space. I really hate to say it, but if they don't want to do E3 anymore, they don't have to. They should just quit altogether if they're not going to do what they've been doing in the past years. Last E3, I was unsure about Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, but the Treehouse Live event showed me the games in-depth, and I began to like them. The only game they're showing this time is Zelda. I'm not unsure about Zelda. And I don't want any spoilers. I won't even be watching E3 at all unfortunately.
I was hoping it was a trick or something but i doubt nintendo will only be showing zelda u/nx if they will be using all that space during the show but we will see it in like 2 weeks anyway. And found it weird that they were going all out whit the treehouse and live streams if all they got was one game
@NintyFan "The Wii U version of [Zelda] will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show"
From Nintendo's website.
Thought the same but most seem to think that it will be only zelda u/nx which sounds silly to me
Well to be fair they said they are having hour long demos. They are going to need a lot of units in order to accommodate the long lines in their booth.
@Danrenfroe2016 Yeah it's a good time for someone who doesn't own either console to wait and see what going on. But for some like me who has both the ps4 and Xbox one (which I know sounds spoilt but I did work for them) to then be told that your systems are outdated are a massive kick in the gut. Anyway I'd rather get the psvr and the NX than Xbone Scorpio and ps4.5 as I like to have new gaming experiences! But since I'm a massive gamer will end up getting them just because I have a strong passion for it. It just sucks for people like me who have the consoles and now may get the shorter end of the gaming stick. And there'll be loads of people who just don't have the money to spend on them
@ALinkttPresent Note the word playable. Since they're specifying that, perhaps it means they'll show more games, that won't be playable by the attendees.
I don't believe Nintendo planned for this eventuality. I'd imagine that Nintendo probably have a long term lease on that space. They wanted to use it for the NX but it got delayed by a few months because of manufacturing issues. And they had to come up with a contingency plan. It's a bad one but it's all they've got.
I still believe there will be a bunch of Nintendo news beyond Zelda.......I won't be disappointed if it is just Zelda though cause it's video games and only matter as much as entertainment should matter. I'm expecting a full direct and a few new game announcements though sometime during E3.
...You better at least release some new trailers or announce some new games, Nintendo. -.-
Reggie will say Mario Golf Super Toadstool Tour for Wii U (barebones edition) and drop the mic.
@hiptanaka Just noticed that myself as I was quoting it haha. But if they were going to show off stuff, I'd imagine they would do it in a special E3 Direct like they have been doing. But scheduled for noon eastern time on the first day of the event, is a short introduction immediately followed by Zelda Treehouse. Noon eastern time is when their press conference always was, and it's when their Direct always was. It's also in less than two weeks, and they haven't said a word about any other videos or events happening during E3 this year
Animal Crossing Sweetest Day Hide n Seek Challenge for Wii U.
Fingers crossed and Nintendo was bluffing all along and will blow people away with the NX. At this point that is the only thing I can imagine them doing that will impress people. In these days of the internet spoiling everything it would be amazing.
Also Gamecube games coming to VC would be nice but I'm thinking it's a bit late in the day for that now on Wii U unless they will be cross-buy with the NX VC editions.
Probably be nothing as exciting as either of those though.
@ALinkttPresent The last few years, Treehouse Live has shown games that weren't in the Direct. But it's just speculation, of course.
Looks the same as past years.
@JoseAcosta Yeah looking at it, I think it's almost the exact same floor plan as last year, though the Occulus area is bigger.
Sadly I feel this is just to have enough stations to show Zelda and also extra space for 3rd parties to show off their 3DS games.
Nintendo doesn't "surprise" anymore, so I doubt there's any other meaning to this amount of space.
SURPRISES ARE COMING.
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I agree, if only because it seems commercially silly to devote that much attention to a game that doesn't launch for another 9 months. Either they'll drop the bomb that Zelda U is available for download immediately after the presentation, or there's going to be other non-Zelda content, particularly of the 3DS variety.
The demo is rumored to take about 90 mins to beat, and there might be 2 different demos of it. Gotta make sure everyone can get a go at it...
I SEE BOMBS.
@OneBagTravel This is probably the correct answer. Not to mention, it would be hard to win back that much space next year if they book just the space they need this year. The mental gymnastics around the concept of playable demos aren't doing fans and their expectations any favors.
They are pretty close to saying "only Zelda this year". If people want to keep wishful thinking, it's up to themselves. Don't say we didn't warn you, though.
@hiptanaka Correct but this year, as far as we know, Treehouse Live is only scheduled to play Zelda, and they're scheduled to do it all day on Day 1. And you're right, it is all just speculation at this point.
@NintyFan True, true. Good eye spotting that. The Nintendo fan corps could use more people like you.
I'll have my fingers crossed they're lying, and will show something about the NX off, even just footage of the NX version of Zelda. It's all I can do.
We all know half of this space is for the soon-to-be phenomenon Metroid Prime Federation Force... right guys?... guys?... uh...
Please don't get our hopes up, NintendoLife.
Hopefully they have some surprises in store, since surely one game doesn't require this much floor space... right?
I still feel like Nintendo is going to show other 1st/2nd party games as well as Zelda. I know they said no NX, but I don't know how that closes the door on Paper Mario Color Splash or any other title they may have for 3DS/Wii U. We'll see, I guess...
Have Nintendo outright confirmed there's no Nintendo direct this year?
Just cos Zeldas the only playable game doesn't mean we're not gonna get new info and trailers for other games coming this year.
..so that's Notendo's plan..every year rent up more of the competitor's space and not have to do anything..nice ...
I won't get my hopes up, and will just assume this this will all be Zelda. I wouldn't mind being wrong this time
Wow just not intrested anymore.
Yeah, I'm just going to expect Zelda, and only Zelda. If Nintendo had something else to show, they'd probably announce it by now.
It's so they can set up trees and show you that Epona won't bump into them anymore.
It's to fit in all the Gamepad XL's they'll be announcing
Nintendo is calling Peyton Manning audibles now? Lol
Joking aside, my expectations are still low. More Zelda fun for everyone...
A part of me thinks Nintendo actually lied for once but I'm not getting my hopes up.
Betting E3 organisers had a lot of empty space without Activision, Disney and EA so they let Ninty and Sony have the space for next to nothing to fill the floor space so they don't have half an empty hall.
They've got to find somewhere to store all those unsold Wii U's!
I'm hoping Zelda will be the only "Nintendo" game available and they're going to open their space for smaller devs to showcase or something. Let them carry the system until TGS or Spaceworld or whatever happens.
That or a LOT of 3DS.
The best thing about the floor space image above was seeing that Oculus is right there in among the giants. It's taking this fight for consumer mindshare seriously, and I respect that. I'm more excited to see what Oculus does now than anything Nintendo is likely to do. Although I definitely want to see Zelda; no doubt about that.
Wow, so many people desperate for something else that they're speculating about other news even though it was confirmed that Zelda is the only game they're bringing to E3 period.
All Nintendo is doing is a Zelda Treehouse Live livestream. I read somewhere that it's only an hour long too, not all day. No Digital Event this year.
You're setting yourselves up for disappointment by hoping for something else.
As for the floor space, they have to book that much or else they lose it for next year.
So the e3 website says nintendo's having a "Conference" on the 14th at 9:00something. what does this mean?
@Pac-Fan It's an error.
@Project_Dolphin That's what they said initially at the investor's briefing. Later they gave more details about their actual plans, which confirmed that Zelda is the only game at all. Unless of course they surprise launch a game on the eShop (coughMother3cough), but I doubt it.
This year's E3 is shaping up to be a weird one, indeed: Nintendo only showing one, solitary game over the course of the entire show and Sony & MS possibly sneak-peeking some console upgrades (...and when has that ever worked?).
If Nintendo has any major, unannounced, first party titles coming to 3DS this fall then I am very confused as to why they would think that E3 was not the right place to announce and showcase them. They will focus their attention on a Wii U game that is not coming out until March 2017 while staying completely silent on games that are launching months earlier than that? What the hell!
If Nintendo were planning to skip E3 altogether then I could understand not wanting to share all of their secrets right away. However, if they are paying big bucks for that much floor space then surely they can devote some of it to Pokemon Sun/Moon and whatever else is supposed to be bringing in the cash this fiscal year.
If I were going to E3 this year it would only be for Yooka-Laylee.
I honestly don't know if Nintendo can get through this one. While it's no doubt that Zelda U is going to be incredible, just having that alone would be a huge backfire. Especially if Sony, or any other presentation can manage to cream them.
So as far as I can tell, Nintendo has been very careful with it's wording. Zelda is the only playable game, but there could be monitors dedicated to unplayable new games and new IPs. I can't imagine there not being a 3DS demo station or ten in that space.
And they have said that the NX console won't be shown, but they don't remember them saying anything about videos teasing games for the system that reveal nothing about the system itself.
I can't remember them saying anything about not showing a new handheld or other device either... and I can't imagine them not feature footage of their next mobile efforts somewhere.
Of course, this is probably just going to be overflow for Zelda crowds and maybe some screens showing footage of new games while their captive audience waits their turn to play Zelda.
But there's nothing wrong with dreaming...
There was a problem in production and Nintendo doesn't want to lose zelda fanatic's faith, so they'll be distributing cyanide punch. Mmm, yummy.
I'm not feeling it for that LoZ.
I just came here to see if the title was sarcasm.
I remember how hyped I got with E3 last year and was bitterly disappointed. Would love Nintendo to surprise us all but somehow I don't think it's going to happen.
At least could we hear more on Pikmin 4 and Paper Mario Color Splash? Surely there will be 3DS games to show off aswell?
Nintendo has all of that space for one game?
I know people are trying to get their hopes up, but Nintendo doesn't seem to be showing anything but Zelda if their E3 plans say anything.
Harvest Moon Skytree Village is set to have a playable 3DS demo at E3.
All this space for...
Zelda Spoilers Festival!
I think I saw somewhere that Zelda was going to be the only "playable" game, I do not recall anything that they wouldnt discuss or announce new Wii U games...
@DoctorOverbuild I agree with you there. I would be pissed too. But I really hope all future games for them are compatible with both. Maybe with better loading times and graphics on the updated systems
@Sir_JBizzle Yeah, I went back and reread it earlier this month to make sure and they said it was the only "playable" game. I'd be more disappointed if it was the only game shown.
@Danrenfroe2016 Yeah there's been a bit of buzz about the facts that Sony if forcing developers to make the games work on both consoles, developers say that they don't really want to and that they must just stick with the original (would be wise as that's where the majority of console owners would be)
I can't wait to hear a bunch of Links screaming
Surely there will be trailers for something else.
I get the feeling there will either be trailers at the booth or a new Direct not to far after E3. It can't be that dire with Nintendo.
That should be enough space for puppets.
I'll get to E3 one day..
Please, Nintendo. Don't screwed up like 2015 before...
2015 ago was the worst ever. Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer ? Looks like MySims Kingdom (Built, built and then wandering around with no objectives after story). Amiibo Festival ? Even worse than Mario Party or Wii Party...
If Nintendo run out of ideas, look back during Wii era. There are some unique games that become a new trends such as Cooking Mama games, Fitness game, Vacation games, etc. Don't just milking same brands over and over again. Nintendo never make their games with genre like Go Vacation (Better add with Animal Crossing + The Sims style but still safe for kids), Musical like BEMANI games (DDR, DrumMania, BeatMania,etc) or Sports compilation without Mario or SEGA franchises (Imagine MARIO & SONIC Olympic games but replaced by human avatar (not Mii)like MySims and then you can customize their appearance, the Sports Town and events that happens during gameplay).
Just hope Nintendo want to try making different genres or making new IP so we can enjoy new Nintendo games in future.
At least we won't have any trouble finding Zelda so we won't have to wander around in the dark yelling like John Kassir did.
@dew12333 Lower your expectations...by a LOT.
Don't forget people they will probably talk a lot about Zelda obviously, forthcoming directs presentations and Paper Mario Wii-U. The big N will hopefully hold something back that will ignite people's wow factor. Looking forward to it!
@ALinkttPresent "Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future."
don't get your hopes up...aim low and reap profits
I imagine they book the space ahead of time. This smells like a case of things went wrong, and they were supposed to show NX, but something kept them from doing that. Maybe a chip-manufacturer thing, I don't know. Or maybe the games aren't ready. Either way, this seems like the Plan D of things, so they might as well show off Zelda in a way that gives the press a fuller experience.
Not all of the floor space at E3 is "public" space. A lot of stuff happens at E3 behind closed doors. Meetings and discussions that are off the record and so on. For all we know the NX could be at E3 but as a back room, no cameras and probably NDA-protected demo. Just as a thing to try and win over indies, third parties, retailers and so on.
@DoctorOverbuild There are people who update their overpriced phones and tablets every year. There is a market for people who just wholesale replace their console every other year.
Maybe they changed their mind and are demoing other games coming out this year. I don't get why don't they show them off at an E3 show, seeing Zelda would be great but it is still coming out next year alongside the NX
The new Zelda is the only PLAYABLE game, but I can't see there being too many surprises. I wonder if there may be some kind of Zelda collection coming out, to celebrate 30 years. This I would buy.
I don't think people have a clear idea about how many people would like to be the first group to play this long waited AAAA Zelda title. This title alone could move as many NX in one year as the Wii U in it's entire life time.
I am going to guess that Zelda is the only game shown, but if they give us any thing else it will be virtual console releases or either Mother 3, or we might get a G/S/C release on the 3DS.
Let see if Paper mario Color Splash will be at E3 2016.
Virtual Consoles is not really worthed if just ONLY Nintendo games available. How about 3rd parties games from that era like The Sims Bustin' Out GCN, Kao the Kangaroo 2 GCN, Harvest Moon Magical Melody GCN, etc ? Most people really upset with Gamecube memory card that can easily corrupted for some reasons, so if Nintendo released those titles on Virtual consoles will help a lot especially who still want to play Gamecube without using Memory Card.
All this hype will backfire on Nintendo if they really don't have anything more than an old Zelda game that keeps missing its release time and is still half a year or more away.
Gosh I feel sorry for people who love Nintendo but don't actually enjoy that genre
Have faith my son.
@ALinkttPresent Probably won't be any spoilers. It may be a 90 minute demo of the rumours are anything to go by, but the game is said to be fully open world and Nintendo even said they wanted to show off a new mechanic. Story-wise, I think you can trust Nintendo not to spoil anything, just avoid leaks/rumours.
There could potentially be floor space for Sun/Moon trailers ect. like there was with X/Y.
I have a feeling NX will be revealed in July. This will be just after the E3 hype settles, and 8 months is often the time given between successful announcements and releases (Pokemon, PS4 ect.). Not only that, but the system could playable at the ever popularising Gamescom (western audience) and TGS (eastern audience).
Nintendo just has a Knack of alienating it's fan base. In the end they pull through but it's getting annoying
It will be used for Zelda+lifesize statues of all kinds of Amiibo's. That's the Zelda U/NX hook: You need every Amiibo made so far (and future ones) to unlock stuff! You heard it here first!
It's getting worse both Sony and microsoft have mentioned that maybe the future will be releasing new revisions every couple of years like an Iphone. Not upgradable systems but full retail price consoles. The arrogance and stupidity is beyond reproach.
Ask Atari and Sega how that worked out.
Well... This is interesting. For only one game to be on display, that's quite a bit of space they have there. They're hiding from us.
VR, 4.5, and games.
Nintendo is really hoping people will get hype enough to wait another 8 to 10 months to turn on their Wii U.
@NodesforNoids somethings not right, sounds like "NX" or handheld will be circulating in the far reaches in Nintendo's camp at E3, just like the tech demo that blew devs minds. last year.
Are they building Hyrule in there?
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